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CAREER PATHS

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Architecture

Architects create structures and environments that enhance the way we live and work. Today’s architects are problem-solvers and artists, creators and scientists who embrace a wide range of architectural problems extending from individual buildings, sites, interiors, and components to large building complexes and city and regional planning.

Art

Art graduates work as artists, animators, game designers, museum administrators, photographers, teachers, gallery managers, commercial designers for advertising agencies and publishers, and more. Artists think about the world, sharing their ideas and visions. Art majors develop strong critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills. They learn to adapt techniques, tools, and materials to different creative processes, budgets, and end uses. Artists and creative thinkers are important additions to successful communities.

Interior Design

Interior designers shape, organize, furnish, and adorn the insides of buildings to reflect our personal and cultural aspirations. Today’s interior designers do not simply decorate. They consider meaning and identity, function and purpose, and issues pertaining to health and safety. They work on wide range of interiors, from residential to corporate projects, designing spaces within new buildings and finding ways to adapt and re-use existing structures.

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects plan and design traditional spaces from parks, campuses, and gardens to commercial centers, transportation corridors, waterfront developments, and more. Today’s landscape architects design and plan the restoration of natural places and work to revitalize post-disaster sites and redevelop blighted landscapes of urban settlements. Working with architects, city planners, civil engineers, and other professionals, a landscape architect’s keen ability to see what is not already there is an essential part of our society.

I am interested in learning more about . . .

Architecture

3D modeling
Built environment
Design thinking
Digital fabrication
Historic preservation
How buildings are formed
Restoration and renovation
Sustainability
Urban planning

View architecture student work.

Art

Animation
Art history
Ceramics
Curatorial studies
Design thinking
Digital art
Drawing
Graphic design
Painting
Photography
Motion graphics
Printmaking
Sculpture
Typography
Video and film
Visual communication

View art students’ work.

Interior Design

Color theory
Design software
Design thinking
Fabrics, furnishings, and materials
Furniture design
Human interaction with space
Improving living conditions
Lighting
Restoration and renovation
Sustainability

Landscape Architecture

Conservation
Design planning and management
Design thinking
Ecological relationships
Land resource management
Reshaping outdoor spaces
Sustainability
Site design and engineering
Urban planning

View landscape architecture student work.

Degree I will earn

Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture

Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Interior Design

Bachelor of Interior Design

Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

How long will it take to earn my degree?

Architecture

Five years

Art

Four years

Interior Design

Four years

Landscape Architecture

Five years

Internships opportunities and requirements

Architecture

Optional one-week externships at firms across the country

Optional summer internships

Art

Optional summer internships at museums, galleries, and design firms and studios across the country

In the optional graphic design synthesis course, students assist with the day-to-day operations at a professional graphic design firm.

Interior Design

Required third-year internship

Optional summer internships at firms across the country

Landscape Architecture

Required internship during the spring semester of the fourth-year of study

Opportunities in offices in Boston, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, and more

Licensure requirements

Architecture

Obtaining a degree in architecture is the first step to becoming an architect. Upon graduating from the LSU School of Architecture, students qualify to study under licensed architects as paid interns. After approximately three years of internship and the passing of licensure exams, interns can become licensed architects in their state(s) of choice.

Art

No licensure is required for professions in the arts.

Interior Design

Successful completion of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) is required for professional registration in many states, including Louisiana. The LSU interior design program is accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation and meets the education requirements for the NCIDQ exam and for licensure to practice interior design.

Landscape Architecture

Each state sets its own requirements for registration, but all require candidates to pass a national examination, the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination, or LARE. The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) develops and administers the LARE, and also maintains current information on the various states’ licensing requirements.

Potential careers

Architecture

Architect
Architectural Engineer
Architectural Historian
Building Contractor, Inspector, or Researcher
City Planner
Construction Project Manager
Facilities Management
Furniture Designer
Industrial Designer
Set Designer
Sustainability Consultant
Professor
Urban Developer and Planner

Art

Animator
Art Broker
Artist
Artist Management & Representation
Art Restoration
Auctioneer
Corporate Communications
Creative Director
Digital Artist
Educator
Game Designer
Gallery Curator or Manager
Graphic Artist
Illustrator
Marketing
Photographer
Web Designer

Interior Design

CAD Technician
Design Manager
Educator
Events Designer
Exhibition Designer
Furniture Designer
Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Product Designer
Project Manager

Landscape Architecture

City Planner
Educator
Landscape Architect
Location Photographer
Project Manager
Sustainability Consultant
Theme Park Designer
Urban Developer

Alumni with this degree

Architecture

School of Architecture Alumni

Art

School of Art Alumni

Interior Design

School of Interior Design Alumni

Landscape Architecture

Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Alumni

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Landscape Architecture

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